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Thursday, March 24, 2016

NBAA Urges Business Aviation Community to Support ‘Smart, Targeted’ Senate FAA Bill

Juliet Van Wagenen

NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. Photo: NBAA

[Avionics Today 03-24-2016] The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) has issued a call to action urging its members to support a recently introduced U.S. Senate bill that it says takes a “smart, targeted approach” to reauthorization for the FAA and aviation system modernization. The bill also rejects privatizing the Air Traffic Control (ATC) system, as proposed in FAA reauthorization legislation pending in the House of Representatives.

In his Call to Action, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen noted that the Senate legislation, “includes many important, targeted solutions designed to ensure the United States remains the world leader in aviation five, 10 and 25 years from now. Equally important, the bill recognizes that the nation’s airports and airspace operate in the public interest, and should serve the public, including all aviation stakeholders and the citizens and communities they serve."

The Senate bill (S.2658), Bolen said, reflects many priorities identified by NBAA, including measures to streamline the certification process for aviation technologies, raise the bar on aviation safety, integrate Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into the National Airspace System (NAS) and accelerate implementation of NextGen.

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